I’m privileged to join Eve Hill, Scott LaBarre, Jennifer Mathis, and Arlene Mayerson in the letter below. I urge you to donate to Sam’s campaign and especially to forward this to others in the disability rights community and/or friends and family in Michigan.
As some of you may know, Sam Bagenstos is running to be a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Sam has been a stalwart of our community for more than two decades. We hope you will join us in supporting his candidacy.
We are all bombarded with political appeals these days and it can be difficult to decide whom to support. This one we’re totally clear about. We want to ask you personally to support Sam with a contribution of $500, $250 or $100.
The future of the Michigan Supreme Court depends on the outcome of this race. Republican Governor Rick Snyder appointed four of the seven current justices to the Court. Two of those Snyder appointees are standing for election for the first time this fall. The outcome of the election will be pivotal for numerous issues of extraordinary importance.
Many of you know Sam personally. But for those of you who don’t, Sam is the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. As an attorney, he has played an instrumental role in some of the most important disability rights cases during the last quarter century, including arguing three ADA cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. In the Obama Administration, Sam led the Justice Department’s disability rights enforcement as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. His work on enforcing the Olmstead integration mandate, on demanding accessibility in technology, and on promulgating the 2010 ADA regulations made his tenure at DOJ an extremely rich one for the disability rights movement. Earlier in his career, Sam clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In short, Sam is both a dedicated public servant and a brilliant and ethical lawyer.
Please note: You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to contribute. Contributions are NOT tax-deductible and may only be drawn from American funds. The Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits a judicial campaign committee from soliciting more than $100 per attorney. If you are an attorney, please regard this as informative and not a solicitation for more than $100. However, an attorney may make, and the judicial campaign committee may accept, a contribution from an attorney in any amount up to the individual maximum of $6,800.
Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting Sam Bagenstos for the Michigan Supreme Court.
Eve L. Hill*
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